Khalid Salaita, PhD


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry
Emory University
Program Faculty, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology
Research Program
Cell and Molecular Biology


Khalid Salaita, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Emory University and Program Faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Salaita is a member of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at Winship.


Dr. Salaita earned his PhD in Chemistry from Northwestern University in 2006. After obtaining his PhD, Dr. Salaita completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.


Dr. Salaita's lab is interested in studying the role of mechanical forces in cell biology and tumor development. To address this goal, they develop new technologies to image mechanical forces generated by cells using molecules that fluoresce upon experiencing mechanical tension. They also develop nanoparticle actuators that can apply mechanical forces to cells, allowing them to understand how forces influence biology and disease progression. 


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Dr. Salaita has earned the following awards and honors:

  • Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, 2014
  • NSF Early CAREER Award, 2014
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2013
  • Cancer Research Award, Georgia Cancer Coalition, 2010

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